How to Park Like an Omani Local: A Visual Guide

One of the greatest things about traveling and living abroad is experiencing the different culture of your host country. Being from California which has a prominent car culture, I was pleased to find a familiar culture here in Oman.  What surprised me the most, however, was how car culture mixed with other local cultures to create something different.

Below is my photo series on How to Park Like an Omani Local. I photograph the situations as I come upon them using my mobile phone. This series isn’t about photographic techniques, rather a jovial look at how free locals are to park as they wish, as seen through the eyes of rigid western culture.

All images are published through my Instagram account @beyondtheroute using the hashtag #OmanParkingGuide, so be sure to follow me.

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  • Reply Sheldon May 30, 2017 at 2321

    Haha loved the articles. I’ve lived in Oman for 23 years. And that culture will remain even once you have moved.

    Looking forward to more. Cheers

    • Reply D. Michael May 31, 2017 at 1742

      Thanks Sheldon. Where are you now?

  • Reply Adrian November 22, 2017 at 1304

    Hi Michael,

    Great website – lots of useful info on Oman!

    I am coming to Oman in January with my wife and toddler and we are renting a car.

    Can you give any tips on parking in the centre of Muscat/around the main tourist sites? I was reading that there is pay parking now which you can do via you mobile/cell phone. Is that right and can you do it with a non-Omani sim?

    Thanks, Adrian

    • Reply D. Michael November 29, 2017 at 0743

      Hi Adrian, The pay areas are indeed enforced, but there are not too many of them. You can always find a free place to park just a bit further if you don’t want to pay. You can always use 50 baisa coins in the machines because I don’t think your foreign sim will work for the SMS system. Enjoy Oman.

  • Reply Adrian November 29, 2017 at 1441

    Understood – thanks very much for the reply.

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